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  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
  • Motorola Moto G Power (2021)


7.1/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G Power (2021) currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Moto G Power is all about battery life. If photography or screen quality isn't essential to you, this phone is hard to beat. However, if you want to play games, enjoy movies, or capture life’s little moments with the help of your phone, there’s a good chance the phone will fall short of your expectations.

What's good

  • Massive battery life
  • Affordable
  • Good design
  • Moto Gestures

What's bad

  • Sluggish performance
  • No NFC
  • Disappointing display
  • Inconsistent Camera

The new family of Motorola phones for 2021 target the affordable end of the smartphone market. Each one fits a different phone user type. So where does the Motorola Moto G Power sit in the line-up? Let's find out.

Design

The build quality of the Moto G Power is undisputed by reviewers. They all felt it was superior to most similarly priced phones in 2021. Motorola swapped the glossy (and slippery) rear plastic shell for a matte finish option with a subtle pattern that just makes the phone feel nice. It’s comfortable to hold with an unobtrusive camera bump, you can’t ask for much more.

Display

Unfortunately, what the phone offers in design and refinement, it lacks in display quality. Reviewers stated that the lower resolution 720p panel used on the phone capsized the excellent feeling of the build. The phone features a weaker display than many of its siblings with reduced contrast and washed out colors.

Performance

Performance reviews were mixed. Some reviewers felt the phone performed adequately for its price range while others thought it was sluggish and moved at a snail's pace. Some blamed the older software. Some blamed it on an ageing processor. It was a fairly equal draw between reviewers, so you probably don’t want to consider this phone for heavy use or if you plan to play the latest games. For the light users and daily tasks, it has the chops to keep things moving well enough.

Software & Storage

Motorola disappointed reviewers with only one guaranteed upgrade to the phone’s software. Paired with smaller storage allotments (32 and 64GB) many reviewers question how well the phone will age. However, there is the option to add up to 512GB with the use of a MicroSD card.

Cameras

The 48MP primary lens sounded great on paper to reviewers. Unfortunately, many felt the phone doesn't going to keep up on photography benchmarks. Muddy colors, a softness that wasn’t appealing, and low-light photography issues were common complaints. The camera could capture a good photo once in a while, but it wasn’t consistent enough to impress reviewers.

Battery Life

As you might guess from the name, battery life is where the Moto G Power (2021) shines. Motorola promises multi-day battery life and reviewers found this to be true across the board. Some reported up to three days of moderate use on a single charge!

Audio

As with most budget-conscious smartphones these days, the phone’s single speaker isn’t stellar. However, the phone’s headphone jack makes it easy to pop on your favorite cans and get lost in your games, movies, or music.

Specs at a Glance

  • Matte plastic chassis
  • 6.6-inch display
  • Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 processor
  • 3 or 4GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 32 or 64GB of storage with MicroSD card support
  • 48MP primary lens with a 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor, 8MP selfie lens cameras
  • 5,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Motorola Moto G family of phones combine affordable prices with phones tailored to a specific kind of phone user. The Moto G Power is all about the battery life. If photography or screen quality are essential to you, this phone is hard to beat. However, if you want to play games, enjoy movies, or capture life’s little moments with the help of your phone, there’s a good chance the phone will fall short of your expectations.

Tom’s Guide says, “Since it's impossible for a phone that costs [less] to be all things to all people, the key is to find a feature or two that truly matters to people and absolutely nail it. In the case of the Moto G Power, that feature is battery life.”

The Verge states, “The Motorola Moto G Power is a [low-priced] phone that does exactly what it claims — powers you through multiple days of use — but don’t expect any other bells or whistles.”



Operating system
Android
Processor
200 MHz
Screen Size
6.6"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Police

The Moto G series is at its best when Motorola pushes the envelope, but that's not the case with the 2021 Moto G Power. It's a real step down from the 2020 G Power. Both the performance and display quality are worse than I'd expect for the money, and two of the phone's three cameras are borderline u...

- Ryan Whitwam, Android Police
Gizmodo

for a $200 device, the G Power offers surprisingly smooth performance, a solid build, and pretty decent cameras during the day. If you try to spend less than $200 on a phone, you seriously risk running into lag or stutter. And unlike a lot of budget devices, the G Power is delightfully free of bloat...

- Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo
PC Magazine

The 2021 Moto G Power has adequate power and battery life, but it's a downgrade from the 2020 model and can't compete with increasingly feature-packed budget phones.

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine
The Verge

If $200 is the limit of your budget, the G Power is a fine pick — more so because there are few other options at this price. In addition to its dayslong battery life, it has a better processor than the $100-150 competition and you’re unlikely to find a substantially better screen or camera at this p...

- Allison Johnson, The Verge
Neowin

If you're looking for a phone that costs $199 and gets great battery life, you've come to the right place. Otherwise, I'd say look elsewhere. It's a nice little phone, and it's nice for under $200. The display, while just 720p, is pretty, and it doesn't have big bezels or a notch, a rarity in a $199...

- Rich Woods, Neowin


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The Moto G Power (2021) price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto G Power (2021) prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Motorola backs up the Moto G Power (2021) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G Power (2021) has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.6"

The Motorola Moto G Power (2021)'s screen size is 6.6 inches with 720 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
200 MHz

There is a Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core 200 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

Moto G Power (2021) Specs

Overview
Release date January 13, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core 200 MHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 3/4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Flash Gray, Polar Silver, Glowing Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.528 x 7.59 x 0.949 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 206.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 266 pixels
Size 6.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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